Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2015/03/12

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Subject: [Leica] IMG: Friday Flower
From: kanner at (Herbert Kanner)
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:12:57 -0700 

In a way, this is cheating. The flower did not come from my backyard. It did 
not come from a neighbor?s garden; it came from a neighborhood grocery 
store. These flowers, displayed for sale, are a minor challenge: it is hard 
to find one not so thoroughly and tightly packed with neighbors that a 
single flower is hard to shoot.

Anyway, I was just trying out manual focusing with peaking and am 
disappointed with the result. In addition, I?m getting really pissed off 
with that Japanese junk?referring to the firmware, not to the physical 
camera, which in general has been superb. Example: I wanted to use Macro. 
Well there is a mode called ?silent? which suppresses flash, the speaker 
which gives various toots, yaps, and simulated shutter clicks, flash, focus 
assist light, and for some reason that defies explanation, macro mode. So, I 
first have to hold down one button for ten seconds to unlock a lock (not 
ever mentioned in the manual), which unlocking permits me to hold down 
another button for another ten seconds to disable silent mode!!! Then I can 
set macro mode and take the picture. 

Well reversing this little action proved next to impossible. No matter what 
I did, the toggle between optical and electronic viewfinders did not work, 
and the display in the viewfinders was incomplete. I have set it to show 
battery status, focus distance and depth of field shown graphically, and the 
usual: shutter speed f number, exposure compensation, ISO, and the focus 
rectangle. And the lever on the front should toggle between EVF and OVF. 
After interminable minutes of fooling around I decided the quickest thing 
was to do a reset of the shooting menu and then set it up from scratch?this 
is not too bad because once I set RAW, many of the defaults are either what 
I want or are irrelevant. Mainly, I have to set check marks on boxes for 
what I want to show in the two finders. It took me a while to realize that 
this was really the fastest way to restore it to be a working camera. 
JAPANESE JUNK. Just what idiot specified this interface?????

Cheers, y?all


Herbert Kanner
kanner at

Question authority and the authorities will question you.

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